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Celebrating the UK: No. 2 in an occasional series – the Mexican cosmologist

Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net) Way back in 2015 I wrote a short blog post entitled Celebrating the UK: No. 1 in an occasional series – the El Salvadorean guerilla, the first of what was intended to be a series of … Continue reading

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Nationalism and flags: the never-ending saga

A while ago I had a wee run-in with Aberdeen airport. Outside their terminal they sport eight flag poles: Source: Google Street View Apart from the fact that the flags are ridiculously small and currently mostly past their best, a … Continue reading

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The BBC and Nicola Sturgeon

Two days ago the first minister gave a speech entitled We need greater diversity both on and behind our TV screens at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. To give credit where it’s due, it was a thorough and well-informed job … Continue reading

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Lies, damned lies, and nationalist monitoring of the BBC

How would you set about researching whether a media organisation, let’s say the BBC, was biased in its news output? Qualified academics could give a better answer but my guess is that it would involve at least these steps: a … Continue reading

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Has Scotland gone mad politically?

Last night there was a general election debate on BBC TV involving the six Scottish party leaders. A woman in the audience, a nurse, asked Nicola Sturgeon an awkward question about the NHS. The details of the question and their … Continue reading

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The Scottish Six is dead: Mr John Nicolson MP disnae like it

11 a.m. same day: Hoist by my own petard as the BBC have just announced a new TV channel (well five hours a night) for Scotland and various other goodies for BBC Scotland. Completely unexpected and plenty of detail still to … Continue reading

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Dancing with ambiguities

It was a smart move of the BBC to ask this year’s Reith lecturer, philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, to give his lecture on ‘Country’ in Scotland (audio here, transcript here). It was one a series he called ‘Mistaken identities’ but … Continue reading

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